Church on the Lake: VISION
John 4:23-24, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Truths coming out of the text.
True worshippers worship the Father.
True worshippers worship in Spirit and Truth.
The Father is seeking for worshippers.
God is a Spirit.
To worship Him it must be in Spirit and Truth.
Paul brings this teaching alive as he writes to the Corinthian Church.
2 Corinthians 3:1-18, “Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
”The vision of Church on the Lake: What We Have Looked So Far:
WE SEE A STANDING CHURCH
Known for what we are “for” instead of what we are “against.” Willing to live out our beliefs in everyday life and be lights for Christ shining brightly in our culture as a message of the hope and help found in Jesus. We are a church that stands strong.
WE SEE A GIVING CHURCH
That is generous with our time, talents, gifts and finances to see the Great Commission accomplished in our city, our nation and around the world in the spirit of the Great Commandment. We are a church of givers.
WE VALUE PEOPLE
EVERY PERSON MATTERS.
WE VALUE COMMUNITY
WE ARE A PLACE TO BELONG.
WE VALUE GENEROSITY
WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS AND NOT CONSUMERS.
1. WE SEE A PREVAILING CHURCH
Proclaiming the gospel with life-giving, dynamic worship that shows passion for Christ, with powerful prayer that makes a difference in our day and with an unshakeable commitment to the Bible as God’s Word and guide for life.
*Here we see our services
Proclaiming the gospel The Word, the Truth, our passion for Jesus Christ.
Life-giving, dynamic worship The Spirit.
Powerful Prayer Spirit.
Commitment to the Bible as God’s word The truth.
WE VALUE EXPERIENCING CHRIST–WE ARE A PLACE TO BELIEVE.
2. WE SEE A REACHING CHURCH
That champions the timeless message of Jesus Christ in a relevant way to every generation. A church where young and old alike find a home and a valued place to belong. A church that reaches across the ethnic, socio-economic and racial divides of our day. We want to be a church that looks like heaven.
*This is us in the community
People will not ever be touched by Church on the Lake unless Church on the Lake is championing this in our homes and neighborhood.
When people visit they are going to experience #1 but to be a reaching church we have to share with others.
Of Every generation: WE VALUE THE NEXT GENERATION – THEY ARE THE CHURCH OF TODAY AND THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW. Of Every income bracket. Of Every race and ethnic background.
To be like heaven.
We have to share God’s Story, And, our story.
Pastor Mike Hooper
Church on the Lake